BANKS COUNTY, Ga. — A Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot a man who smashed his driver’s side window with a hatchet after the two vehicles ran off the road, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
The GBI is investigating the shooting.
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According to the GBI, the deputy was driving an unmarked police SUV on U.S. 441 when a speeding truck passed him and the deputy flashed his emergency lights. The truck, which was towing a trailer, swerved into the deputy’s lane. The vehicles didn’t collide, but they both ended up running onto an embankment near Shady Grove Road, according to the sheriff’s office.
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The driver of the truck, Eric Edward Webb, 43, of Franklin, North Carolina, got out of the truck with a hatchet in his hand and began hitting the deputy’s SUV, breaking the glass on the driver’s side window. The deputy fired at Webb from the SUV, hitting him multiple times.
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Webb was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The deputy was not injured.
Officials did not say if Webb has been charged.
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